65 Barren Quotes On Success In Life

These Barren quotes will inspire you. Baren, (of land) too poor to produce much or any vegetation or (of a place or building) bleak and lifeless.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, knowledgeable, and encouraging Barren quotes, Barren sayings, and Barren proverbs.

Best Barren Quotes

  1. “As one looks across the barren stretches of the pack, it is sometimes difficult to realise what teeming life exists immediately beneath its surface.” ~ Robert Falcon Scott
  2. “Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.” ~ William Shakespeare
  3. “In Israel, a land lacking in natural resources, we learned to appreciate our greatest national advantage: our minds. Through creativity and innovation, we transformed barren deserts into flourishing fields and pioneered new frontiers in science and technology.” ~ Shimon Peres
  4. “Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft
  5. “Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.” ~ Arthur Helps

  6. “Our Lord never condemned the fig tree because it brought forth so much fruit that some fell to the ground and spoiled. He only cursed it when it was barren.” ~ Edwin Louis Cole
  7. “The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.” ~ Joshua Reynolds
  8. “Love is a sickness full of woes, all remedies refusing.” ~ Samuel Daniel
  9. “Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.” ~ Tony Blair
  10. “It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.” ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold

  11. “Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours … never doubt the excellence and permanence of what is yet to be. Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness.” ~ Helen Keller
  12. “Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair.” ~ Friedrich Schiller
  13. “And this, really, is the story-within-the-story, because if you do not believe that hearts can bloom suddenly bigger, and that love can open like a flower out of even the hardest places, then I am afraid that for you the world will be long and brown and barren, and you will have trouble finding the light. But if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.” ~ Lauren Oliver
  14. “The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” ~ Gary Zukav
  15. “Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest.” ~ George Eliot

  16. “Men have looked upon the desert as barren land, the free holding of whoever chose; but in fact each hill and valley in it had a man who was its acknowledged owner and would quickly assert the right of his family or clan to it, against aggression.” ~ T. E. Lawrence
  17. “Love is a sickness full of woes, All remedies refusing; A plant that with most cutting grows, Most barren with best using.” ~ Samuel Daniel
  18. “Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.” ~ Quintilian
  19. “A few men own from ten thousand to two hundred thousand acres each. The poor Laborer can find no resting place, save on the barren mountain, or in the trackless desert.” ~ Denis Kearney
  20. “I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.” ~ Claude Debussy

  21. “Thus sometimes hath the brightest day a cloud;
    And after summer evermore succeeds
    Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold:
    So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.” ~ William Shakespeare
  22. “There is nothing more pitiable than a soulless, sapless, shriveled church, seeking to thrive in a worldly atmosphere, rooted in barren professions, bearing no fruit, and maintaining only the semblance of existence; such a church cannot long survive.” ~ George C. Lorimer
  23. “Our people do not want barren theories from their democracy. Maury Maverick has expressed very quaintly, but clearly, what they really want when he says: ‘We Americans want to talk, pray, think as we please and eat regular’.” ~ Robert H. Jackson
  24. “As for critics, one mediocre writer is more valuable than ten good critics. They are like haughty, barren spinsters lodged in a maternity ward.” ~ Peter Greenaway
  25. “All I ask is to be held above the barren wastes of want.” ~ Wilfred Owen

  26. “Exploring and colonizing Mars can bring us new scientific understanding of climate change, of how planet-wide processes can make a warm and wet world into a barren landscape. By exploring and understanding Mars, we may gain key insights into the past and future of our own world.” ~ Buzz Aldrin
  27. “You know, my friends, with what a brave carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house; favored old barren reason from my bed, and took the daughter of the vine to spouse.” ~ Omar Khayyam
  28. “Perseverance gives power to weakness, and opens to poverty the world’s wealth. It spreads fertility over the barren landscape, and buds the choicest flowers and fruits spring up and flourish in the desert abode of thorns and briars.” ~ Samuel Griswold Goodrich
  29. “But I owe it to the subject to say, that it has long afforded me what philosophy is so often thought, and made, barren of – the fun of discovery, the pleasures of co-operation, and the satisfaction of reaching agreement.” ~ J. L. Austin
  30. “Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.” ~ Louis Pasteur

  31. “As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment.” ~ Temple Grandin
  32. “My icons do not raise up the blessed savior in elaborate cathedrals. They are constructed concentrations celebrating barren rooms. They bring a limited light.” ~ Dan Flavin
  33. “The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.” ~ Peggy Noonan
  34. “Research has shown that a barren environment is much more damaging to baby animals than it is to adult animals. It does not hurt the adult animals the same way it damages babies.” ~ Temple Grandin
  35. “The island Mayo is generally barren, being dry, as I said; and the best of it is but a very indifferent soil.” ~ William Dampier

  36. “Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.” ~ Marguerite Duras
  37. “All travellers who had preceded me into the Barren Grounds had relied on the abundant game, and in consequence suffered dreadful hardships; in some cases even starved to death.” ~ Ernest Thompson Seton
  38. “Unlike femininity, relaxed masculinity is at bottom empty, a limp nullity. While the female body is full of internal potentiality, the male is internally barren. Manhood at the most basic level can be validated and expressed only in action.” ~ George Gilder
  39. “Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled egg; and when it takes to cackling will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.” ~ George Eliot
  40. “T is liberty crowns Britannia’s Isle, And makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains smile.” ~ Joseph Addison

  41. “And nothing can we call our own but death
    And that small model of the barren earth
    Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.
    For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
    And tell sad stories of the death of kings.” ~ William Shakespeare
  42. “The cycle of the machine is now coming to an end. Man has learned much in the hard discipline and the shrewd, unflinching grasp of practical possibilities that the machine has provided in the last three centuries: but we can no more continue to live in the world of the machine than we could live successfully on the barren surface of the moon.” ~ Lewis Mumford
  43. “It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stoney street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  44. “Chaste to her husband, frank to all beside, A teeming mistress, but a barren bride.” ~ Alexander Pope

  45. “The sun was down, And all the west was paved with sullen fire. I cried, Behold! the barren beach of hell At ebb of tide.” ~ Alexander Smith
  46. “Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
  47. “The grace of God, says Luther, “is like a flying summer shower.” It has fallen upon more than one land, and passed on. Judea had it, and lies barren and dry. These Asiatic coasts had it, and flung it away.” ~ Alexander MacLaren
  48. “A college which does not confer the knowledge of the Spiritual Reality to the students who are engaged in the pursuit of various material studies, is as barren as the sky without the moon, or a heart without peace, or a nation without reference to law.” ~ Sai Baba
  49. “The creator gives no heed to the critic unless he becomes a barren inventor.” ~ Khalil Gibran

  50. “Be surprised by joy, be surprised by the little flower that shows its beauty in the midst of a barren desert, and be surprised by the immense healing power that keeps bursting forth like springs of fresh water from the depth of our pain.” ~ Henri Nouwen
  51. “When you talk about “infertility” you’re already using a land-based metaphor – a woman’s body compared to property, to be considered fruitful or barren. And “estate” encompasses both legacy and landscape. Think of Emerson, referring to his son’s death as “the loss of a beautiful estate.”” ~ Monica Youn
  52. “All I wanted, even when I hated you most, was some poor, barren, parched excuse to love you. But you only gave me riddles.” ~ Patricia A. McKillip
  53. “We often become mentally and spiritually barren because we’re so busy.” ~ Franklin Graham
  54. “Whatever your career may be, do not let yourselves become tainted by a deprecating and barren scepticism.” ~ Louis Pasteur

  55. “Without friendship and the openness and trust that go with it, skills are barren and knowledge may become an unguided missile.” ~ Frank H. T. Rhodes
  56. “Was life nothing more than a storm that constantly washed away what had been there only a moment before, and left behind something barren and unrecognizable?” ~ Arthur Golden
  57. “What good to us is a long life if it is difficult and barren of joys, and if it is so full of misery that we can only welcome death as a deliverer?” ~ Sigmund Freud
  58. “There’s a verse in the Bible: ‘Those who are barren have more children than those who give birth.’ There are young people all over the world who come to me for advice and love. I have all the children I can handle.” ~ Ginger Rogers
  59. “I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

  60. “He was too good to be
    Where ill men were, and was the best of all
    Amongst the rar’st of good ones- sitting sadly
    Hearing us praise our loves of Italy
    For beauty that made barren the swell’d boast
    Of him that best could speak; for feature, laming
    The shrine of Venus or straight-pight Minerva,
    Postures beyond brief nature; for condition,
    A shop of all the qualities that man
    Loves woman for; besides that hook of wiving,
    Fairness which strikes the eye-
    CYMBELINE.” ~ William Shakespeare
  61. “This is the third time that, in the course of six years, during which I have had the lead of the Opposition in the House of Commons, I have stormed the Treasury Benches: twice, fruitlessly, the third time with a tin kettle to my tail which rendered the race hopeless. You cannot, therefore, be surprised, that I am a little wearied of these barren victories, which like Alma, Inkerman, and Balaclava, may be glorious but are certainly nothing more.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  62. “Nothing so hardens the heart of man as a barren familiarity with sacred things.” ~ J. C. Ryle

  63. “When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others. It is much more nearly certain that we are assembled here tonight than it is that this or that political party is in the right. Certainly there are degrees of certainty, and one should be very careful to emphasize that fact, because otherwise one is landed in an utter skepticism, and complete skepticism would, of course, be totally barren and completely useless.” ~ Bertrand Russell
  64. “God pity us indeed, for we are human, And do not always see, The vision when it comes, the shining change, Or, if we see it, do not follow it, Because it is too hard, too strange, too new, Too unbelievable, too difficult, Warring too much with common, easy ways, And now I know this, standing in this light, Who have been half alive these many years, Brooding on my own sorrow, my own pain, Saying “I am a barren bough. Expect, Nor fruit nor blossom from a barren bough.”” ~ Stephen Vincent Benet
  65. “The U.S. continues the search for Osama bin Laden. Reports suggest that bin Laden is most likely hiding out somewhere remote and barren, where he will not encounter others. The FBI has begun searching theaters showing the movie ‘Glitter.'” ~ Jimmy Fallon

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